At Macmillan Academy we receive extra funding for those students who are entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) and those who are in the CLA category (previously entitled 'looked after children'). At Macmillan Academy we believe that all of our students will achieve well if they are taught by well trained and highly qualified teachers. We invest time and money in developing our staff and we have developed a model for teaching and learning that is based on evidence from the Education Endowment Foundation as well as other research such as John Hattie's Visible Learning and Geoff Petty's Evidence Based Teaching. Overall the performance of 'disadvantaged' students at the academy continues to be a strength. Performance of disadvantaged students at Key Stage 4 has been consistent for many years and we are particularly pleased with the positive destination data for the students who fit this category. Post 16 outcomes are well above national averages for both academic and applied general qualifications. Attendance for this cohort is high and exclusions are low showing that the young people in this category are engaging positively with their education.
We are also proud of the fact that no students who left the academy at the end of Year 11 and Year 13 were in the NEET category (Not in Education, Employment or Training). This ties in with the aim of the governing body and all staff employed at the academy to ensure that all young people leave our institution with a positive destination for their future work or study.
In deciding how to spend the money we carry out an annual review of our pupil premium budget and set about identifying the aims (desired outcomes) that we had for our disadvantages students. The audit that has been linked to this page of the website shows what strategies we employed to meet these outcomes. There is also an evaluation of those strategies so that there is complete transparency and accountability for the way in which these funds were spent. It can also be seen that the final spend was over the amount allocated by the DFE as we believe that it is vital to invest as much as possible in this area to meet our aims.
In total we recieved:
We also receive a smaller sum of money to support Year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2. The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium is spent on small group tuition and intervention sessions at the start of Year 7. These have been evaluated in the academy pupil premium audit.
In total we recieved: